|Assets:||Has great hockey instincts, plays a smart two-way game and possesses outstanding leadership qualities. Can kill penalties exceptionally well and also play the point on the power play. A high-tempo competitor, he's not very big but can play a strong physical game.|
|Flaws:||His fiery, abrasive demeanor can wear him down over the course of the lengthy regular-season schedule (and playoffs). Can be a little inconsistent in the offensive zone. Will occasionally cross the line, on and off the ice. Must cope with the media better.|
|Career Potential:||Elite two-way center and born leader.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2011-12 (Los Angeles)|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2007-08|
|Memorial Cup||All-Star Team||2002-03|
|OHL||Second All-Star Team||2004-05|
|Olympic Gold Medal||2010 (Canada)|
|12/22/2011||Missed 8 games (upper body injury).|
|12/02/2011||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|6/23/2011||Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|2/20/2011||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|2/12/2009||Missed 3 games (flu).|
|3/15/2008||Missed 9 games (hamstring).|
|2/25/2008||Hamstring, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/13/2007||Re-signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a 12-year contract extension.|
|4/07/2007||Missed 7 games (separated left shoulder).|
|3/29/2007||Separated left shoulder, day-to-day.|
|3/21/2007||Separated left shoulder, late March.|
|1/18/2007||Missed 16 games (sports hernia).|
|12/10/2006||Sports hernia, mid-January.|
|12/22/2005||Missed 2 games (head injury).|
|12/16/2005||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|12/15/2005||Concussion, left Thursday's game.|
|11/25/2005||Missed 1 game (sprained right wrist).|
|11/22/2005||Sprained right wrist, day-to-day.|
|7/27/2005||Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a three-year, entry-level contract.|
|5/03/2005||Signed by the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL).|
|6/23/2011||Philadelphia Flyers traded Mike Richards and Rob Bordson to the Los Angeles Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a second-round draft pick in 2012.|
|6/21/2003||Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2003.|
Mike Richards is the Kings' scoring leader | 05/22/2013 10:38 AM
NewsMike Richards is leading all Kings players with nine points in 10 playoff games.
ImpactRichards scored the Kings' lone goal on Tuesday. He's traditionally been an effective player in the playoffs with 22 goals and 74 points in 93 career games.
Offensive woes continue for Kings | 05/22/2013 1:15 AM
NewsMike Richards provided the only offense for the Los Angeles Kings with a third period power play goal in their 2-1 Game 4 loss to San Jose on Tuesday.
ImpactThe Kings offense sputtered in San Jose, after starting the series strong. The team was completely outplayed in the first period, resulting in a 15-3 shot differential in favor of the Sharks. L.A. turned it around a bit in the third, mustering some quality chances in the form of 14 shots, including Richards' tally. However, the team needs to solve their offensive dilemmas as they head home for Game 5 on Thursday. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar both recorded assists in the loss and led the team with four shots apiece.
Richards line has been leading the Kings | 05/20/2013 8:50 AM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings have been getting a lot more production from their second line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and whoever Darryl Sutter likes at the moment over their top line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown.
Impact"Well, Richards' line has produced more in the playoffs than Kopi's line, so it's who you like most is your top line. I don't think you can get by with a "top line" - one top line," Sutter said. "I think we're playing against a team with two top lines, and we need our two top lines, without having our top checking centerman, we need those two lines to be very productive, and I think if I look at the series, just thinking about it, I think we've scored four even strength goals, and I think Richards' line has scored three and Lewie and Tyler's scored one last night. So that's four in the series." The Kings need the Kopitar line to start scoring if they hope to advance.
Mike Richards gets an assist on Thursday | 05/17/2013 10:49 AM
NewsMike Richards recorded an assist in the Kings' 4-3 win Thursday.
ImpactRichards has seven points in his last five contests. He's tied for sixth in the NHL with seven assists in the playoffs.
Mike Richards has 6 points in last 4 games | 05/15/2013 10:54 AM
NewsMike Richards had a goal and an assist on Tuesday.
ImpactRichards now has six points in his last four playoff contests. He's traditionally been a very effective player in the postseason with 72 points in 90 games.
Mike Richards picks up two assists Wednesday | 05/09/2013 10:25 AM
NewsMike Richards registered two assists on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactRichards has five assists in five games in the first round. When the Kings won it all last year, he had four goals and 15 points in 20 postseason contests.
Two assists for Mike Richards in Kings' win | 05/07/2013 12:55 AM
NewsCenter Mike Richards picked up two assists in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-3 triumph over the visiting St. Louis Blues in first-round playoff action Monday night.
ImpactThe victory allowed the Kings to tie their best-of-seven series with St. Louis at 2-2. For Richards, the assists were his second and third of the playoffs. Richards assisted on goals by Justin Williams, his second of the series, and Jeff Carter, his first. Also scoring for the Kings were Anze Kopitar (first) and Dustin Penner (first). The Kings had trouble scoring in the earlier games of the series but their gunners came alive Monday. The Blues took a 2-0 lead in the first period before Carter and Penner tied the game at 2-2. The Blues went ahead 3-2 in the second period on T.J. Oshie's second goal of the night. Then Kopitar tied the game and Kopitar stuffed in the game winner at 8:30 of the third period.
Mike Richards sees faceoff flaws for Kings | 05/04/2013 11:49 AM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings have won only 40.2% of the draws so far in their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, and that's well below their regular-season success rate of 52%.
Los Angeles Times
Impact"That's where it starts, with puck possession," center Mike Richards said, "and when we have that puck possession I think we're a better hockey team. And hopefully [Saturday] night we can start with the faceoffs and go from there."
Mike Richards slowed by illness | 04/28/2013 9:43 AM
NewsMike Richards did not play in the first period of Saturday's win over San Jose due to an illness.
ImpactCoach Darryl Sutter stated clearly after the game that Richards had been slowed by a bug of late, saying "He struggled before the game. He's been sick." The hard-nosed center will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
M. Richards stays hot with an assist Thursday | 04/19/2013 10:42 AM
NewsMike Richards had an assist on Thursday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactRichards has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight contests. He has 11 goals and 30 points in 44 games this season.
Mike Richards is on a six-game point streak | 04/14/2013 10:03 AM
NewsMike Richards extended his point streak to six games with a goal on Saturday.
Los Angeles Times
Impact"I think he has gotten stronger for sure," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. "And as is typical with Mike, that is the bigger it gets, the better he plays. I think it's on record that he had a tough start and he's certainly played well lately. We need those centermen to complement each other, that was one of the real strengths of our team last year." Richards has three goals and seven points during his six-game hot streak.
Mike Richards has two point night in 3-2 win | 04/12/2013 3:59 AM
NewsMike Richards scored his 10th goal of the season and added an assist in the LA Kings 3-2 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche.
ImpactRichards has suffered from consistency issues this season, taking eight games to score his first goal and then having a 10 game stretch in March where he only had three points. But in his last seven games he has seven points and has looked a little bit more like the player the Kings thought they were getting when they gave up Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmons for the ex-Flyers captain. He plays in all situations so keep riding him while he's hot.
Mike Richards scores on the power play | 03/13/2013 10:47 AM
NewsMike Richards netted a power-play goal on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactRichards now has seven goals and 18 points in 25 games this season. Look for him to roughly maintain that pace for the rest of the campaign.
| 03/13/2013 2:38 AM
NewsMike Richards returned to action on Tuesday March 12.
Mike Richards may be injured | 03/11/2013 8:06 AM
NewsMike Richards left Saturday's game after being hit in the second period by Tim Jackman but later returned.
ImpactIt seemed that Richards was injured after the game but no word yet from the Kings. Stay tuned for more information.
Mike Richards continues strong season | 03/08/2013 10:46 AM
NewsMike Richards has been averaging roughly a point per game since his early season slump.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactRichards has 17 points in 18 contests after being held off the scoresheet in the Kings' first 22 games. He struggled offensively during his first season with the Kings, but did far better in the 2012 playoffs. It's probably best to just ignore his 44-point 2011-12 campaign and regard him as a player that will typically average a step below a point-per-game.
Mike Richards stays hot with two goals | 02/17/2013 7:46 PM
NewsEven as the Los Angeles Kings struggle, Mike Richards is really picking up his game.
ImpactRichards had both of the Kings' goals (each on the power play) as Los Angeles fell 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Four of his nine points this season have come in the last games. His 30 PIM made him reasonably valuable even when the offense wasn't coming, but perhaps this production is a sign of a strong season ahead.
Conditioning could be problem for M.Richards | 02/17/2013 10:35 AM
NewsCoach Darry Sutter hinted at the fact Mike Richards' conditioning could be an issue Saturday.
ImpactWhen asked why Richards, who has received less than 16 minutes of ice time in each of the last three games, has had his role reduced lately, Sutter said "We're trying to watch ice time with these guys. Some of these guys, quite honest, didn't do what they should've done in the summer. We've had to scale minutes back, and less is more." This might explain the lack of production for Richards thus far, but doesn't exactly make us hopeful about his ability to rebound.
Richards scores game winner for Kings | 02/16/2013 2:10 AM
NewsMike Richards scored the game-winner early in the third period for the L.A Kings in their 2-1 victory over Columbus Friday night.
ImpactRichards has two goals and seven points through 12 games this season.
Mike Richards posts monster fantasy line | 02/05/2013 11:24 PM
NewsMike Richards pleased his fantasy owners with a solid stat line in a 4-2 win over Columbus Tuesday.
ImpactNot only did the former Flyer register a goal and an assist in the contest, but his second period scuffle with the Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky got him 19 minutes in the sin bin. Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov all found the back of the net in the win.
Richards, others seeking offense for Kings | 01/28/2013 6:27 PM
NewsMike Richards hasn't scored a point yet after four games this season.
ImpactThe Kings have struggled mightily on offense this season with only eight goals so far. First-line wingers Justin Williams and Dustin Brown have managed just one assist each in the team's opening four games.
|Goals||2||at Chi||Feb 17||2|
|Assists||2||vs. Phx||Mar 19||3|
|Points||2||6 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Apr 21||3|
|Penalty Minutes||19||at CBJ||Feb 5||23|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Apr 6||2|
|Power Play Goals||2||at Chi||Feb 17||1|
|Power Play Points||2||at Chi||Feb 17||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Apr 27||1|
|Shots||5||3 times-last:at SJ||last:Apr 16||7|
|Penalty Minutes||79||2009-10 (Phi)|
|Power Play Goals||13||2009-10 (Phi)|
|Shorthanded Goals||7||2008-09 (Phi)|
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